Hundreds of Heart Disease and Stroke Survivors to Urge Congress to Step Up the Fight Against the Nation's No. 1 Killer

April 24 –New Hampshire residents Molly Campbell, (Rochester), Barbara Wentworth, (Somersworth), Nicole Riel, (Goffstown) and Jon Wahrenberger, M.D. from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon) will be joining youth advocates, heart and stroke survivors and researchers from across the country in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29th to urge Members of Congress to make a commitment to save lives. During the American Heart Association's Congressional Lobby Day, You're the Cure on the Hill 2008, they will call on lawmakers to boost funding for research and prevention programs to fight cardiovascular diseases, the nation's No. 1 killer.  American Heart Association President Daniel Jones, M.D., President-Elect Timothy Gardner, M.D., CEO M. Cass Wheeler and Board Chairman Gary Ellis will also meet with House and Senate leadership.

The New Hampshire volunteers look at this trip to Washington as an opportunity to tell their stories about the effects of heart disease and/or stroke.

According to Barbara Wentworth, Stroke Survivor and American Heart Association Advocate “I represent thousands of New Hampshire residents who have been impacted by childhood obesity, heart disease and stroke.  By sharing our stories with our lawmakers on Capitol Hill, we are sending a clear message that we expect Congress to do their part to help all Americans live longer, stronger and heart-healthier lives.”

Advocates will ask their representatives to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, the CDC's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program as well as to co-sponsor the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act and legislation to amend No Child Left Behind to make quality physical education a priority in schools.

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